Democracy is Difficult and Wonderful

By John Michaelson, January 28, 2013

Making sense of Israel’s election results is difficult, even for Israelis.  Israelis certainly find it bewildering and they’ve lived with the process their entire lives.  American outsiders looking in find it inscrutable.  Despite their difference in appearance, Israeli and American democracy share the same goals: to reflect the voices of the people, but to restrain [...]

“Who’s the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?”

By John Michaelson, January 21, 2013

Clearly, this is a fraught time in Israel-Palestinian relations.  A third intifada may not happen, but violence is increasing.  Abbas– unable to achieve his goals despite grandstanding at the UN– is threatening to resign and let the Palestinian Authority fall apart (or fall to Hamas).  Many blame Israeli intransigence.  Settlements are the issue, some say.  [...]

Tools of the Sheikh

By John Michaelson, January 4, 2013

Much is being made of Al-Jazeera’s purchase of Al Gore’s television channel, Current TV. Current TV was created by Gore and businessman friend Joel Hyatt. The channel was unabashedly progressive and specifically aimed at a young market. Though it was intended to revolutionize television, Current TV not only failed to change television, but it also [...]

A Terrible, Wonderful, Violent, Peaceful Year

By John Michaelson, December 31, 2012

What a year! What a terrible, wonderful, violent, peaceful year! Parts of the world are moving in slow motion, while other parts are moving too fast for us to grasp.  Israel’s neighbors are caught in a maelstrom of change.  The Arab Spring is a poisoned pill for Israel: the fall of the old despots held [...]

Enough is Enough!

By John Michaelson, November 30, 2012

It is time for action! The time has come to stand tall and fight for Israel!  In the past year, 157 different anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli organizations have joined forces to intimidate Israel’s friends in the United States and throughout the world.  They have used social media to organize high profile campaigns dedicated to tarring Israel [...]

15 Seconds

By John Michaelson, November 16, 2012

Even if you can’t fight with Israel, you can support her efforts online.  Please, share these posters with your friends.  Get the word out that Israel’s fight is a fight for self defense!

Rally to Support Israel!

By John Michaelson, November 16, 2012

If you’re in Los Angeles, come out to support Israel this weekend!

The Conundrum of Egypt

By John Michaelson, August 13, 2012

One of the more remarkable things to have happened this weekend was Egyptian President Morsi’s dismissal of the military’s top echelon.  It’s the kind of thing that has to be done with care.  If Morsi is not assured of the loyalty of the military’s lower ranks then he is running the risk of a coup.  [...]

Why Not Recognize the State of Palestine?

By John Michaelson, August 6, 2012

The Palestinian Authority is going to the UN to ask to be recognized as an observer state.  It doesn’t seem like it should be a notable event, but it is fraught with danger.  Something like 100 countries recognize Palestine as a state and most of the Western countries have relations with the Palestinian Authority even [...]

Hell’s Kindergarten

By John Michaelson, August 3, 2012

When Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip it wasted little time in consolidating its power.  Part of this was a purge of Fatah members from government.  Proving that it could stand up to Israel was another part.  So, Hamas began a campaign of inciting Israel to war.  The result was Operation Cast Lead.  In [...]